Gerrit Hendrik Dyke
The Gerrit Hendrik Dyk Family in Grafschaft Bentheim
Gerrit Hendrik married Jenne De Groot, the daughter of Hendrik De Groot and Egberdina Jansen. She was born in Bauerhausen around 1810. They had seven children:
- Jennechien—born on 1830 in Nieuwleusden;
- Albert—born in 1838;
- Hendrik Jan—born in 1840;
- Hendrika (Reka)—born in 1844;
- Fenne—born in 1847 in Bauerhausen. She died in 1850 and is buried in Germany;
- Frederik—born in 1850; and
- Jan Hendrik (John)—born in 1855.
Jenne died in Bauerhausen on June 8, 1860 at the age of 52 years of Borstkwall, or chest complaint.
Emigrating to West Michigan
In 1866, six years after his wife Jenne died, Gerrit Hendrik left Germany for America. His children Hendrik Jan and Jennechien had already emigrated in 1865 with her husband Harm Hendrik Broene and their children. Albert followed in 1867, Jan Hendrik in 1871, and Frederik in 1872. Hendrika would leave with her family in 1879 or early 1880.
It appears that once he was in Michigan, Gerrit Hendrik lived with his daughter Jennechien and her family in Graafschap. Later he lived with son Albert and his family in Allendale.
Gerrit Hendrik Dyke died on August 12, 1876 in Allendale and is buried in the Allendale Township Cemetery.
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